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New York Times
July 4, 2011
Study Links Smoking Drug To Cardiovascular Problems
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports on a Canadian medical journal report released Monday, indicating that the smoking cessation drug Chantix was linked to an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke or other serious cardiovascular event for smokers without a history of heart disease. The piece quotes lead author Sonal Singh, a School of Medicine assistant professor.

Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2011
Pfizer Drug Tied to Heart Risks
Johns Hopkins angle: This article quotes Sonal Singh, lead author on a study about the smoking cessation drug Chantix.

Baltimore Sun
July 4, 2011
Chantix may cause more heart attacks than previously thought
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that a new study led by Sonal Singh, a School of Medicine assistant professor, indicates that the popular anti-smoking drug Chantix significantly increases the risk for a heart attack or other serious heart problem in healthy, middle-aged smokers. Singh is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 4, 2011
Pfizer's quit smoking drug raises heart risks: study
Johns Hopkins angle: This Reuters wire story reports on a study that founded that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take Pfizer's Chantix or Champix, the popular quit-smoking drugs, have a higher risk of heart attacks or other serious heart problems. Quoted is the study’s lead author, Sonal Singh, a School of Medicine assistant professor.

CBS Evening News
July 4, 2011
Study: Quit smoking drug Chantix ups heart risk
Johns Hopkins angle: CBS reports that a School of Medicine study led by Sonal Singh has suggested that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular anti-smoking drug (Called Champix in Australia and Chantix in the US) on the market have a 72 per cent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
July 5, 2011
Anti-smoking drug linked to heart attacks
Johns Hopkins angle: ABC reports that a School of Medicine study led by Sonal Singh has suggested that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular anti-smoking drug (Called Champix in Australia and Chantix in the US) on the market have a 72 per cent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo.

The Times of India (ANI)
July 5, 2011
Pill to quit smoking ups heart attack risk
Johns Hopkins angle: ANI reports that a School of Medicine study led by Sonal Singh has suggested that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular anti-smoking drug on the market have a 72 per cent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo.

Yahoo! News (HealthDay News)
July 4, 2011
Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Ups Risk of Heart Problems: Study
Johns Hopkins angle: The quit-smoking drug Chantix may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 72 percent in smokers who take it, even those without heart disease, according to a study led by Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine.

The Sun (U.K.)
July 5, 2011
Stop smoking pill ‘heart attack risk’
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine, who led a study that suggests that the popular anti-smoking drug increases patients’ risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared with those taking a placebo.

Daily Mail Online (U.K.)
July 5, 2011
Anti-smoking drug 'increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes'
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine, who led a study that suggests that the popular anti-smoking drug increases patients’ risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared with those taking a placebo.

The Scotsman
July 5, 2011
Quit-smoking drug adds heart risk
Johns Hopkins angle: The Scotsman reports that a School of Medicine study led by Sonal Singh has suggested that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular anti-smoking drug on the market have a 72 per cent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo.

TV NZ (New Zealand)
July 5, 2011
Safety of anti-smoking drug under scrutiny
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine, who led a study that suggests that the popular anti-smoking drug increases patients’ risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared with those taking a placebo.

Yorkshire Post (U.K.)
July 5, 2011
Quit-smoking drug linked to increased risk of heart attack
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine, who led a study that suggests that the popular anti-smoking drug increases patients’ risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems when compared with those taking a placebo.

Top News USA
July 5, 2011
TGA Expects to Review Controversial Pfizer’s Anti-Smoking Drug
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this story is Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine, who led a study that suggests that the popular anti-smoking drug increases patients’ risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems when compared with those taking a placebo.

The Record (Toronto)
July 4, 2011
Does smoking cessation drug come with heart risks? Opinion is divided
Johns Hopkins angle: An analysis of studies on smokers taking a popular drug to help them quit finds a higher rate of cardiovascular events in this group than in smokers who were taking a placebo, according to a study led by Sonal Singh of the School of Medicine.

NPR
July 4, 2011
What's Really Causing Gridlock In Washington?
Johns Hopkins angle: An interview with Marc Dunkelman of the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.

The Engineer (United Kingdom)
29 June 2011
Implant reduces risk of blood infection in dialysis patients
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that biomedical engineering graduate students at JHU have invented a device to reduce the risk of the infection, clotting and narrowing of blood vessels in patients who need dialysis because of kidney failure.

The Washington Post
July 5, 2011
Sunglasses should be worn all year to protect eyes from UV rays
Johns Hopkins angle: Michael Repka, a professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is quoted.

Moscow Times
July 5, 2011
Europe's Test For Ukraine
Johns Hopkins angle: This commentary was co-authored by Taras Kuzio, a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS.

Kerala Next (India)
July 5, 2011
Moms' diet not tied to kids' heart health: study
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted is Keith West of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
July 5, 2011
Helping to understand rheumatoid arthritis
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted is Dr. Carol Ziminski, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Rheumatic Disease Unit.

Nature.com
July 4, 2011
Greek crisis spurs research reforms
Johns Hopkins angle: Stamatios Krimigis of APL is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 5, 2011
Maryland's biotech pitch: We know the Feds
Johns Hopkins angle: Quoted in this feature is Thomas E. Colonna, associate director of bioscience regulatory affairs at the Center for Biotechnology Education at Johns Hopkins, which is educating about 300 people in a master's program on bioscience regulations.

The Washington Post
July 2, 2011
Public colleges tap private funds as state support dwindles
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions Johns Hopkins University.

Denver Post
July 5, 2011
CU researchers find promising drug for Parkinson's disease
Johns Hopkins angle: This story mentions that phenylbutyrate was developed 30 years ago by a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Sun
July 1, 2011
Alcohol tax will save lives and could help many others
Johns Hopkins angle: This letter to the editor regarding the recent alcohol tax increase states that experts at the Bloomberg School of Public Health have concluded that the tax hike will help save numerous lives by reducing underage drinking and alcohol abuse.

The Washington Post
July 2, 2011
CIA idles drone flights from base in Pakistan
Johns Hopkins angle: This piece mentions a speech that John Brennan, President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, gave at SAIS.

Fox News
July 4, 2011
White House's New Anti-Terror Strategy: Kill the Suspects?
Johns Hopkins angle: This story mentions White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan’s speech last week at SAIS.

The Jordan Times
July 5, 2011
Religious leaders support battle against human trafficking
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this article, the Jordan Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre will “be holding two programmes in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University targeting imams and religious figures as well as women, to educate them on the best means to spread public awareness” of human trafficking.

Maryland Daily Record
July 5, 2011
EBDI wants to tap fund
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Maryland Daily Record
July 4, 2011
Joe Surkiewicz: With a pro bono boost, Project HEAL expands
Johns Hopkins angle: The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore are mentioned in this article.

The Washington Post
July 1, 2011
D.C. United news & notes: Charlie Davies, Ben Olsen, Jed Zayner, red uniforms, reserve match, Clyde Simms
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states mentions Red Card Cancer, an initiative to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Maryland Daily Record
July 1, 2011
UMMC’s Rowen wins top regional nursing award
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that Lisa Rowen, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at University of Maryland Medical Center, recently received the top award from Nursing Spectrum magazine for “Advancing and Leading the Profession” in the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia region. Rowen earned her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

JazzTimes.com
July 2, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland Jazz Scene
Johns Hopkins angle: This short feature mentions that “with schools like Towson, Peabody Conservatory and Goucher providing a steady stream of music students who both go to shows and play them, the area is not short on young people passionate about music.”

Baltimore Sun
July 2, 2011
Wardwell pushes South to comeback win in Under Armour game
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that future Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse attacker Wells Stanwick ran the South’s offense in this game. Stanwick is quoted.

Baltimore Sun
July 3, 2011
Myron "Mike" Beatty, paint company executive, dies
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary state that Beatty attended what was called the McCoy College of The Johns Hopkins University.

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NPR (AP)
July 1, 2011
Court Rejects Ban On Race-Based Admissions
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution.

USA Today (AP)
July 1, 2011
Calif. college students brace for state budget cuts
California college students are bracing for higher tuition bills and fewer courses and campus services under a new state budget.

New York Times
July 4, 2011
A Newcomer Makes Good in the Credentials Market
Starting from a handful of schools in Switzerland in the 1960s, the International Baccalaureate, or I.B., has spread to 139 countries around the world.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 1, 2011
U. of Notre Dame to Clarify Sexual-Harassment Policies in Settlement With Education Department
The case is seen as a significant first sign of how the department's Office for Civil Rights will apply its recently issued guidelines.

Inside Higher Ed
July 5, 2011
Oral History, Unprotected
U.S. government -- opposing Boston College -- argues against researchers' expectation of confidentiality.

Hechinger Report
June 30, 2011
Preparing teachers for a lifetime in the classroom
The University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program and similar urban teacher residency programs across the country have received significant financial support from the federal government.

Inside Higher Ed
July 5, 2011
Blackboard Gets Bought
The e-learning giant, known for gobbling up smaller companies, is gobbled up by a private equity firm. What does it mean for customers?

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 3, 2011
What the U.S. Government Can't Do Abroad, Colleges Can
American political leaders try to win hearts and minds in troubled regions of the world, but they fail, while American universities succeed.

New York Times
July 2, 2011
A New Type of Student Loan, but Still a Risk
Fixed-rate student loans from banks are a welcome innovation, but they should serve as a reminder of the hazards of this kind of debt.

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